Help...need work gift ideas!!!

pseub

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Oct 24, 2005
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I'm stumped for what to get four managers and three supervisors who report to me. Last year I gave them nice picture frames, which seemed to go over well. Three of the managers are women, one is a man. Two of the supervisors are men, one is a woman. I want to get basically the same gift for all of the managers, and the same gift (slightly less $$) for the supervisors. I'm looking to spend $40-50 for the Managers and $30-40 for the supervisors.

Any thoughts?
 

chemlex

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Do you live in a cold climate - if you got these people some very nice gloves they would come in handy and it is a very considerate gift that shows that you care about their well-being.

EDIT: Oops, I just realized you live in California, which means it isn't too cold (unless you're up North).
 

pseub

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I gave the managers really nice diaries a couple of years ago as an "appreciation" gift for their hard work during a really difficult time, and don't think they were very well received.

One thought I had was those vintage-packaged Scrabble and other games they have at Restoration Hardware...
 

chemlex

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Diaries and notebooks are an odd gift that only work for certain people.

I went through a weird phase in my life -where everyone I knew thought it was the perfect gift idea to get me a diary. I got FOUR one year. I'm a tech person, so if I need to write anything down I do it in Word, so I didn't get it.

I absolutely love getting elegant gifts that I am too practical to get for myself. So I would get these people a very nice Fountain Pen (with some accessories like Ink and such so they don't have to put in extra effort to keep them going) or some high-end lotions and soap. Those are safe gifts that pretty much anyone can use.
 

Serendipity

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I thought of a pen but even a nice waterford is over 30. and today everyone I knows purchases a pen like we purchase a purse. Who wants gel, ink, black, blue, thick pen, thin pen...the list goes on and on. Too complicated. What ever happened to a plain ol Bic. My favorite was a mont blanc that my daughter left behind somewhere.
 

chemlex

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star3777 said:
How about those new wireless mouse....mice? I just got one and it's a pleasure without a wire!:biggrin:

Yeah that would be very useful for a PC user. But if they have a laptop, they might not need one (I don't). Check if they're a Mac user first and then make sure your gift is compatible.

One of those super-small zip drives would also be cool if you're shopping for someone who is really into their computer and is always transferring files from work to home.
 

Irissy

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What about major dept store gift cards? Let them buy what they want for the holiday. Everyone loves money!! ;)

Or get them gift cards to a nice restaurant. $30 - $40 gift card makes a nice dinner.
 

pseub

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Oct 24, 2005
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I had one idea this morning...we have an "O & Co" store nearby (they sell gourmet olive oils, cheeses, etc.) I was thinking of putting together some baskets from there. I'll check it out and see what they have.
 

pseub

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Oct 24, 2005
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Thanks, everyone for your suggestions. I ended up getting them gift bags from O & Co. for each person with a couple of tapenades, some gourmet flatbread and flavored olive oil. I think it will be something they can enjoy and share with spouses/signifigant others.

The stores weren't too bad, but I go right when everything opens, get what I need and get out. I hate crowds!
 
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